The 1.5 km long promenade running along the beach is the pride of Puducherry.
One can relax or take a stroll at any time of the day, though the best time would be early in the mornings and late evenings when the road is closed to vehicular traffic. This ensures that kids can run amok and people can enjoy the ambience without pollution and fear of speeding vehicles.
Residents and tourists alike use the promenade for walking, jogging, skating and yoga as well. Early in the morning health juice vendors abound and in the evening this effect is reversed with delectable junk food – chaat, popcorn, cut fruits with chilly and salt to tickle your taste buds.
The crown jewel of the Promenade is definitely Le Cafe. Where else can one get coffee, snacks, croissants and so much more all through the day with waves lapping almost at your feet?
On the sea front, there are several land marks – the cold and dispassionate war memorial throbbing with the memory of last dreams, the inspiring Joan of Arc’s statue, the heritage town hall, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Dupleix’s statue, the old Light House, the remains of the old pier and customs house – speak of the splendours of a bygone era.
Handicraft bazaars, food carts, restaurants, guest houses and luxury hotels all cater to the needs of the varied tourists.
The Tourist Information Centre of PTDC is at one end of this grand stretch, housed in an aesthetic heritage building facing the sea. It is well furnished and caters to the need of the many visiting tourists.
Pedestrians – All day
Vehicles – 7:30am to 6:00pm